Friday, November 8, 2013


Halloween prep this year began with donuts. Not a bad way to kick it all off according to my kids, but the gal behind the donut counter looked a little panic-stricken as our family of seven pointed in fourteen different directions at once.

After a healthy dose of fat and sugar, we made a couple stops to put the finishing touches on everyone's costumes. Trying to navigate The Party Store with five children all begging for me to "come see this" made me want to run back to the donut shop and again thank the gal behind the counter for putting up with all of us.

By the time all was said and done, we ended up with a snazzy Whovian,

a mermaid,

a little witch,

some sort of clown,

and another witch with a couple friends headed to the church Halloween party.

Filled up all nine seats in my RV Suburban that night.

Of course, by the time we made it to actual trick-or-treating the next week, all of the costumes had morphed into whatever variations and one had dropped off altogether (more on that here).

Oh, and we barely squeezed in pumpkin carving before walking out the door that night. What's not to love about Sophia's face as she scoops out all the pumpkin guts?

In the end, though, everyone knows it's all about the candy.

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